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Extremely exclusive, it’s almost impossible for the average person to visit Great Island today. This prestigious community is only connected to the rest of Cape Cod during low tide, but its fortunate property owners enjoy sensational views and plenty of private luxuries.

That’s why, for most, the ultra-private island and its famed lighthouse remain a bit of a mystery. However, if you go back in history, that wasn’t always the case.

The Point Gammon Lighthouse dates back more than 200 years. In the early 1800s, Great Island was home to a smallpox hospital and the island’s secluded location was certainly ideal.

The hospital stood on a portion of the island called Point Gammon. That’s because there were a number of dangerous

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west yarmouth ma Photo: Bud Ellison

Home to three major villages today, the Town of Yarmouth offers beaches, golf courses and parks. It also offers plenty of history, and it’s likely there are a few things you may not know about Yarmouth.

To begin with, the name Yarmouth probably originated from an old English township north of London. None of the town’s first settlers came from its English counterpart, but during the time of the Pilgrims, Yarmouth, England was considered an important seaport on the Yare River.

It’s thought perhaps some Dutch passengers aboard the Mayflower traveled through the Port of Yarmouth in route to England. It may also be that the Bass River reminded the Pilgrims of the Yare River back in England.

Whatever the case, the name Yarmouth

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bass river boatsPhoto: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Made up of three unique villages, there’s plenty to see, experience and explore in Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Port

Filled with historic sites and attractions, Yarmouth Port is home to such local delights as the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. The old sea captain’s home is a great way to see what 19th century life was like on Cape Cod. The Edward Gorey House museum also sits in a centuries-old sea captain’s home in Yarmouth Port.

The village is additionally home to the old Kelley Chapel, built in the late 1800s and the popular Bass Hole Boardwalk at Gray’s Beach. When you go, be sure to walk all the way to the end to take in some of the best views of Cape Cod. Gray’s Beach, itself, may be small but

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wellfleet luxury home

With dozens of beaches, hundreds of charming shops and some beautiful homes, it’s hard to point out just one great location on the Cape. However, some of the most exclusive areas of Cape Cod are appreciated for their extreme luxury and privacy.


Chatham is said to offer one of the Cape’s most scenic golf courses. Eastward Ho! Country Club dates back to the 1920s and is known today for its ultra-exclusive membership. It’s not easy to become a member and the dress code at the golf club is strictly enforced.

For luxury dining and hospitality, Chatham Bars Inn actually features four restaurants and two private dining rooms. It also includes a private beach with cabanas, daily boat shuttles, swimming and more. 

West Yarmouth


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cape cod rail trail

It’s full speed ahead for the Cape Cod Rail Trail, as crews move into the third phase of the trail’s extension project. Phase three is expected to eventually take the trail from Peter Homer Park in South Yarmouth and continue it on to Barnstable.

Right now, phase three of the Cape Cod Rail Trail extension is said to be in the early design phase. State transportation officials are seeking out public input on the project. People have a couple of more weeks to submit comments and give feedback.

In all, the nearly four-and-a-half-mile long expansion project is expected to top $9 million. Most of the cost is being covered by state and federal funds.

As part of phase three, crews plan to upgrade an already existing shared use path in Yarmouth.

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cape cod rail trail

If you’re looking for a great way to experience the best scenery on the Cape, one way to do it is to hop on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Running from Yarmouth to Wellfleet, the trail follows an old railroad right-of-way.

At 25.5 miles long, the paved trail is relatively flat, well-marked, and is said to be a great experience for those of all ages and experience. Bicyclists, walkers, runners and even horseback riders can use the trail.

To understand the history of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, though, you need to step back in time. During the 1800s it was extremely difficult to reach Cape Cod. That began to change when railroad tracks connected up Boston to Provincetown, leading visitors from places like Boston, New York and Connecticut to the Cape.

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captain bangs hallet house museum - yarmouth port maPhoto: Historical Society of Old Yarmouth

While Cape Cod is filled with charming homes, shops and beaches, its history cannot be overlooked. Some of the Cape’s most notable landmarks date back centuries, including its many sea captains’ homes. A great place to get a better look at some of the homes is by taking a drive down Route 6A. From stately Colonials to modest Capes, you’re sure to find some lovingly restored homes, some of which date back to the 1600s.

The Captains’ Mile is where you’ll find more than 50 homes once owned by sea captains. They’re all identified by a distinctive gold and black Schooner Plaque outside.  While mostly privately owned today, we know they were once owned by sea captains because they’ve been awarded the special

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point gammon lighthouse - great islandPhoto: Mark

A hidden gem on Cape Cod, picturesque Great Island is known for its stylish homes and exclusive atmosphere. Many of the homes in this part of West Yarmouth are in the multi-million-dollar range, with water views, deep-water docks and some private beaches.

Extremely restrictive, the only way for most people to see Great Island is by invitation or by boat, as the island is no longer open to the public. While Great Island has been an elite location for generations, it wasn’t always as restrictive to visitors as it is today.

Back in the early 19th century the only thing on the island was a smallpox hospital. Eventually, a lighthouse joined the peninsula, and that’s the way the island remained for much of the 1800s.

Fast-forward several

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bass river - cape cod real estate

Officially the town line between Yarmouth and Dennis, the Bass River is equally important to both communities. A popular spot for boating and fishing in central Cape Cod, the river provides plenty of fun for locals and visitors alike, from waterskiing and kayaking, to fishing and fun along the shore.

As the largest river on Cape Cod, the Bass River virtually divides the Cape in half, running from the areas of Follins and Mill ponds in the north to Nantucket Sound in the south. A center island called Marsh Island separates the river into Old Field Channel, which flows towards West Dennis, and the main channel, which passes by Windmill Beach, Ship Shops Marina, Bass River Yacht Club and Bass River Marina.

The river remains especially popular with

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point gammon light - west yarmouth

Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM

For exclusivity in West Yarmouth, there’s nothing quite like Great Island. Serving up an intimate environment for its residents, this stunning gated community sits on a more than 500-acre Cape Cod peninsula. Filled with miles of private beaches and natural beauty, the location is also extremely private.

Only three-dozen homes and a handful of cottages make up Great Island, some of which are priced in the multi-million dollar range. From Nantucket-style homes with stunning water views to private boat docks, you’ll find it all living on Great Island.

Homeowners here are treated to such desirable amenities as a beach club, tennis courts, a 10-hole golf course and a protected marina with deep-water docks. The island, however,

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